Did you know that the field of aesthetic medicine is booming? The market for medical aesthetics is so robust that business publications like Fortune Magazine have devoted multiple articles to its stratospheric growth.
And while many industries face periodic slumps that pose the threat of job insecurity, the medical aesthetics industry has proven seemingly impenetrable to even the most explosive economic blast. Case in point? Amid a global pandemic, consumer demand for aesthetic procedures increased. And with the lifting of restrictions, a tidal wave of pent-up demand was unleashed that exceeded the supply of qualified talent.
An Unprecedented Opportunity
If you’re a physician’s assistant, all of this is very, very good news because it means you’re looking at an unprecedented opportunity to easily increase your job security, career satisfaction, and career options. How? Simply by adding two essential medical aesthetics skills to your resume: Botox and dermal fillers.
While you’re probably familiar with Botox and dermal filler injections, let’s take a closer look at each to understand why they’re so popular and how botox and filler training add so much to your resume.
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1. Botox (Botulinum Toxins)
Botox (Botulinum Toxins) is not a product type but rather a particular trade name for a broader class of injectable neurotoxins. In other words, “Botox” is to injectable neurotoxins what Kleenex is to boxed tissue paper, or Xerox is to copy machines. So, if you’re trained in Botox injections, you’re automatically trained in the use of neurotoxins with different trade names (like Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau).
Botox prevents dynamic wrinkling by blocking the nerve signals that control specific muscles. Dynamic is the keyword here. Botox prevents the wrinkles formed by facial movements like squinting, raising the brows, furrowing the forehead, pursing the lips, and so forth. Static wrinkles—the creases that remain in the skin even when the face is at rest—require a different approach. (More on that in a minute.)
Botox has a ton of treatment applications, cosmetic and otherwise. Cosmetic applications include the “11’s” (the vertical lines that sometimes appear in the area between the eyebrows), “whistle lines” (the lines that appear around the mouth, particularly around the upper lip), “marionette lines” (the vertical lines that appear at the corner of the mouth and extend downward), “crows feet” (the branch-like wrinkles that extend from the corner of the eyes), and more.
Botox can also be used to soften the mental groove (the horizontal depression between the lips and chin). When judiciously injected, Botox can also be used to lift the tail of the eyebrow, resulting in a more refreshed and alert look. One of the latest and trendiest applications of Botox is the “lip flip,” which causes the lip to lift and subtly “roll” outwards to result in an enhanced pout.
Botox can also be used to treat headaches, excessive sweating, teeth grinding, and even acne. With so many treatment applications, Botox training translates to a highly versatile skill set that does wonders for your resume!
2. Dermal Fillers
While neurotoxins are primarily designed to treat dynamic wrinkles, dermal fillers are designed to treat static wrinkles and volume loss. A youthful face is a very “full” face, meaning that the fat deposits that lie below the skin are abundant and provide ample coverage for the skeletal and muscular structure beneath them.
Aging is marked by a progressive and predictable loss of these subcutaneous fat deposits. In practical terms, this means that as we age, our face loses its natural fullness—our cheeks deflate, our temples hollow, depressions form beneath our eyes, our jawline becomes less defined, and so forth.
But dermal fillers injections replace this lost volume, restoring the fullness that is the hallmark of a youthful face. Even for patients in their twenties, dermal fillers can provide exceptional aesthetic enhancement by bestowing what mother nature did not. Whether that’s fuller cheeks or fuller lips, the results can be remarkable, especially when combined with Botox.
One of the most exciting treatment applications of dermal fillers lies in the growing popularity of non-surgical rhinoplasty. Though fairly advanced experience is required, dermal fillers can be used to reshape the bridge and tip of the nose to deliver the results of a traditional (and highly invasive) rhinoplasty procedure.
The treatment applications for dermal fillers are constantly expanding, which is one of many reasons why dermal filler training is such a smart investment in your career and professional development.
Entering the Field of Medical Aesthetics is Incredibly Easy!
Gaining a Botox certification is the easiest, fastest way to enter the exciting field of medical aesthetics. So easy, in fact, that you don’t even need to leave your home or have a lot of free time on your hands! With virtual aesthetic courses available that let you work at your own pace and on your own schedule, learning these new skills will feel like an enjoyable adventure rather than a stress fest!
Are you ready to increase your job security, career satisfaction, and job options? We’ve got you! Since 2006, AAAMS has trained thousands of medical professionals in the art and science of medical aesthetics. Whether you’re new to the field or are a seasoned professional, we offer courses with you in mind. As a world-class, accredited leader in aesthetics and non-invasive cosmetic surgery, we give you the knowledge, tools, training, and confidence you need to take your career to the next level! Looking forward to training with you!